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GTA Online December 31 Update: Treasure Chests, Omnis & rewards

Find out what Rockstar has in store for you with the new GTA Online December 31 Update featuring Treasure Chests, the Omnis & rewards.

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This week’s GTA Online update introduces some new treasure chests to Los Santos, adds the Omnis as a podium vehicle, and offers another haul of rewards and discounts. Find out what else is included in the December 31 patch notes for GTA Online.

It feels like only yesterday we were gearing up for a snowy Los Santos and bringing in the Christmas spirit. Fast-forward a few days – the snow has cleared and we’re saying goodbye to all the Festive Content.

But as GTA Online loses content, Rockstar also adds it and also showcases offers and discounts for lots of its existing content too.

Thanks to GTA Online leaker TezFunz2, here’s everything you need to know about the December 31 update.

GTA Online December 31 patch notes

Treasure Chests

A hot new addition to GTA Online is the promised Treasure Chests. It had already been noted in the challenges that Treasure Chests would be a thing, and now they are here.

Here’s what we know about them:

  • They are located on the island
  • Can only be found during the “Scope Out” mission
  • There are 10 different locations
  • Only two chests can be opened a day
  • Each chest contains $15,000

So always be on the look out if you want to score some extra cash.

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GTA Online Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel Reward

To try and maintain the holiday spirit, the Diamond Casino & Resort has updated its Lucky Wheel car with a new prize in the form of the fast, Omnis sportscar.

The Omnis is worth $701,000 and here’s the official description of the vehicle:

The Obey Omnis was the poster child of the golden age of rallying, a period of deregulated innocence when a turbo-charged tin can could plough through a crowd of spectators on a muddy embankment and there wasn’t a damn thing the government could do about it. This is one for the fans.

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2x GTA Online Rewards & Races

Rockstar is once again offering 2x GTA Cash & RP on In & Out Adv. Mode. We also have information on all the new races and time trials too.

  • Premium Race: Senora Freeway
  • Time Trial: Coast to Coast
  • RC Time Trial: Construction Site I

Login bonuses

Regular patrons of GTA Online can look forward to bagging yet more freebies including:

  • Sessanta Nove Monogram livery for Revolter, Speedo Custom, Menacer
  • Bigness Tie-dye Sweater
  • Bigness Tie-dye Sports Pants

Major GTA Online Discounts

Players can expect some major discounts, including 40% off High-End Apartments. There is also 40% off some select other goods too.

40% Off Property

  • Casino Penthouse Garage
  • Arcade Garage
  • Nightclub Garage Levels
  • Arena Garage Floors
  • Dynasty 8 Garages
  • Office Garages
  • MOC Personal Vehicle Storage

40% Off Vehicles

  • Ramp Buggy: Buy for $1,915,200
  • Armored Kuruma: Buy for $418,950
  • Phantom Wedge: Buy for $1,532,160
  • Taipan: Buy for $1,188,000

That should just about cover everything in the new update for GTA Online. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the Christmas content and look forward to a Happy New Year!

Image credits: Rockstar Games

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Apex Legends devs may rework Crypto if his play rate gets worse

Apex Legends dev reveals hacker Crypto could be receiving a rework in Season 9 if his pick rate gets any worse.

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Crypto could be next in line to receive a rework for Season 9 after Apex Legends dev reveals they are watching his play rate closely.

Crypto is a very niche character in Apex Legends and it’s no surprise that his play rate may be lower than most of the other Legends.

Crypto was introduced in Season 3, along with World’s Edge after the hacker destroyed the beacon at Repulser on Kings Canyon. Crypto has a strong dislike towards the Syndicate, the group behind the Apex Games, joining the fight to get closer to the corrupt company.

Apex Legends Season 9 Crypto rework

His introduction was well received and even became a strong pick in Ranked Leagues, combining his ultimate Drone EMP with characters like Wraith and Octane to get in quickly after Crypto deals the shield damage.

During a podcast, live balance designer John Larson stated that Crypto had a low pick rate in Season 8, but a “healthy win rate,” putting him in an odd spot for a rework.

His pick rate is much lower than other Legends, sitting at 1.5% compared to fellow Survey Legend Bloodhound’s 14.3%, according to Apex legends Status.

Larson believes this is because of his Surveillance Drone, as it provokes a playstyle that many players aren’t necessarily too fond of. Most casual players want a character that keeps them in the fight and can be used aggressively, whereas Crypto is most useful when he is in the drone.

Unlike Bloodhound, for Crypto to be most effective he needs to be out of the fight, making him a tough character to master and also one that many players won’t have the motivation for.

Crypto is a character that once mastered, can be extremely useful, especially with good teammates who have the ability to take fights without a third always being there.

If Crypto’s play rate or win rate gets any lower, Larson revealed they will look into reworking him as a whole, much like Mirage and Lifeline.

If you enjoyed this and want more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie Intel and check out our latest article on the Valk teaser.

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Resident Evil Village showcase round-up: Demo, trailer, gameplay, Resident Evil 4 VR

The Resident Evil showcase showed off new details including: a Village demo, new gameplay, trailers, Resident Evil 4 VR, and more.

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Survival-horror fans should be excited as the fascinating Resident Evil Showcase Event revealed new Resident Evil Village gameplay, a new demo, Mercenaries Mode footage, and announced Resident Evil 4 VR.

Fans don’t need to wait much longer until they can get their hand on Resident Evil Village, the eighth major installment in the long-running franchise. A full showcase Event dedicated to the series celebrated its 25th anniversary by giving eager gamers a peek at new Resident Evil happenings.

Resident Evil 8 got a new look thanks to lots of new footage and details. Plus, there was a pleasant surprise when it was announced that the legendary title Resident Evil 4 would be getting a full version captured in authentic VR.

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Resident Evil Village new story & gameplay trailer

So many questions have been asked ahead of the game’s much-anticipated release regarding Chris Redfield’s allegiance, Mia and Ethan’s fate, and the Dimitrescus – particularly Lady Dimitrescu.

The 3-minute story and gameplay trailer offers a horrifying glimpse into what players can expect when they dive into this dark and depraved world.

Here is the new trailer for Resident Evil Village.

Resident Evil 4 VR announcement

One of the more shocking moments during the presentation was the reveal that Resident Evil 4’s adventure starring Leon Kennedy would be playable again – this time in VR. It gives credence to the rumor that Resident Evil 9 & a Resident Evil 4 remake were both secretly in development at Capcom.

Virtual Reality did wonders for Resident Evil 7, and it will be so interesting to see how much this genre-defining game will change with the use of VR.

Here’s the official announcement video.

Also, see where we placed Resident Evil 4 in our ranking of the main Resident Evil games from worst to best.

Resident Evil Village new demo

After Resident Evil 8’s proper unveiling, the game received an exclusive Maiden demo for PS5 owners to enjoy. It gave a brief glimpse into what players had to look forward to, or dread, in the future.

Now, a new demo has been released for fans to enjoy on multiple platforms. The trailer only reveals the dates for the PlayStation’s availability.

Resident Evil Village Mercenaries Mode

There was even extended footage of one of the series’ most popular modes with Mercenaries making a welcome return to Resident Evil 8. Mercenaries focuses on quick-time thinking and blasting as players aim to complete different objectives in a limited amount of time.

Here is the Mercenaries Mode trailer in full.

We can probably still expect some more details to be announced between now and the game’s release date.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for the all the latest news and details on Resident Evil Village.

Image credits: Capcom

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Death Note and My Hero Academia hints found in new Apex Legends teaser

Respawn Entertainment included references to anime titles like Death Note and My Hero Academia in a new Apex Legends teaser image.

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Apex Legends fans noticed some neat anime references within the new teaser dropped by Respawn, with images for My Hero Academia and Death Note, along with a few others.

Respawn Entertainment like to create hype among the Apex Legends community by sporadically releasing teasers that show off upcoming content. Now, a new one has caught the attention of fans because of its various easter eggs.

While Apex fans were initially just focusing on was the statue of a Valkyrie that has been connected to the upcoming Legend named Valk, a few eagle-eyed viewers were able to notice some hidden anime references as well.

Apex Legends roster

The new Apex Legends teaser image showcased a room on a spaceship which bares close resemblance to Wattson’s room, as revealed in a previous teaser. Looking closer at the stacked shelves on the right reveals various hints.

The shelf has Portion a Nessie toy, along with the Land of the Lustrous and My Hero Academia manga. If you look at the bottom of the shelf, you can also spot a stack of Death Note chapters next to the Valkyrie statue.

These are surprising additions that the developers deliberately left in the image, and now Apex fans are speculating how this will affect the future of the battle royale.

When Apex Legends released on the Nintendo Switch, Respawn Game Director, Chad Grenier stated the Season 9 character would appeal to Japanese players. These references could be a clue about the Legend’s interest in manga.

Respawn also released weapon charms and a limited-edition Pathfinder skin for Nintendo players, which lines up with Grenier’s promise to “deliver unique content to Japan” in Apex Legends. We might see more anime-themed content added later.

The image also contains a reference to thea Apex Predators from Titanfall on a piece of paper lying on the desk. With Season 9 on the horizon, we expect plenty more surprises to come in the next few months.

Image credits: Respawn Entertainment

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